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|Bahamian storytellers, filmmakers: Nassau conference [13-16 July]|
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|Posted by:||Jul 29th 2004, 02:34:14 pm|
|chapel||Note from Cristian Young Miller, workshop director:
"Thank you to everyone that helped to make the ‘How to Make a Movie’ workshop
a complete success. We had a few more people than we allotted for, but our
thought was the more the merrier.
Going down to the Bahamas I knew that I wanted to shoot an art heist movie.
I also knew, however, that it would all be dependent on the location, so I
couldn’t write anything until I walked the museum. I walked the museum on
the Friday before the workshop, wrote the script on Sunday, storyboarded
every shot on Monday and was ready to go on Tuesday.
Tuesday was an in-the-classroom day where I spoke about the structure of a
movie script, how to storyboard a movie, and how to direct a movie. We also
had group discussions about what makes a movie great and how to make movies
that you can sell. At the end of the day I assigned crew and acting
positions to everyone in the workshop according to their interests and we
headed home. It was a good day overall.
During the second and third day, we shot the short movie. Everyone was new
to his or her position and there were a few nerves in the beginning, but I
was impressed with how quickly people caught on. The professionalism with
which everyone worked was wonderful and by the 3rd day we were cruising
I was up early the next morning editing everything together so that on the
fourth day of the workshop we could have something to look at. After a brief
discussion about what they learned on the 2nd and 3rd day, we jumped into
working on the edit. I played the first cut of the movie for the group and
asked them about the changes that they would make to it. As someone would
suggest a change I made it and the group then discussed whether the change
helped or hindered the movie. This was a marvelous free flowing of ideas
that really gave everyone in the group a chance to express what they thought
and to get a clear understanding of the editing process.
We ended the workshop with smiles and an exchange of numbers and cards. It
seemed that everyone had gotten what he or she wanted from the workshop so
everyone, including myself, was pleased.
The next day I completed the edit of the short and was introduced to Aydee
Rolle a wonderful music composer who happened to be a Bahamian. He agreed to
create an original score for the piece and that was what the movie needed to
send it to another level. I am now very proud of the short and am proud of
the work that everyone put into it.
If you have an interest in seeing the short, let me know. If enough people
are interested, I may be able to convince the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas to allow it to be placed on-line.
My main goal in doing the workshop was to start to create a filmmaking
community in the Bahamas. I believe that those gears have been set into
motion. If anyone has any other ideas on how to further that community,
please let me know.
Thank you again to everyone that helped to make the workshop a success. It
was a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved."
|Posted by:||Jun 21st 2004, 06:35:24 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||MEDIUM SPECIALTY SERIES
N A T I O N A L A R T G A L L E R Y O F T H E B A H A M A S
Presents The Next Installment In Its Medium Specialty Series:
“How to make a movie …”
From story to concept to casting to shooting to editing to production to DVD
Tuesday July 13th - 16th, 2004
National Gallery of The Bahamas
Registration Fees: $85
For more information, call (242) 328-5800
Geared towards practicing artists and those with a keen interest in certain areas of art making, this series will provide historical, practical and hands on experience in specific media. Come enjoy this film workshop conducted by Bahamian born Los Angeles based filmmaker Cristian Young Miller (Director and Producer of 'Coincidence'). The workshop will address the basics of the film process starting at story lines and ending at with the finished product in hand.
Geared towards practicing artists and those with a keen interest in certain areas of art making, this series will provide historical, practical and hands on experience in specific media, in a workshop conducted by Bahamian-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Cristian Young Miller, director and producer of 'Coincidence'. The workshop will address the basics of the film process starting at story lines and ending at with the finished product in hand.
- Day 1: Basic theory of the history of storytelling, directing, cinematography, and editing.
- Days 2 and 3: Shooting days where everyone takes a crew position and together shoots a short movie. Participants will be directly introduced to the director, soundman, and cinematographer decision-making process.
- Day 4: Hands-on introduction to the editor decision-making process, editing software, and DVD authoring software. Everyone will go home with a finished DVD of the short film shot during the seminar.
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